The new Banksy mural is under guard after being attacked by a ‘drunk halfwit’

Banksy’s ‘Season’s Greetings’ mural in Port Talbot, Wales. Getty

  • British street artist Banksy created a new work called “Season’s Greetings,” which appeared in Port Talbot, Wales.
  • The new mural is under 24-hour protection, and was attacked by someone trying to damage it Saturday.
  • From one side of the building, the image appears to show a child playing in the snow.
  • But look around the corner and the full picture shows the child is covered in ash generated by a dumpster fire.
  • The image appeared on a garage on Tuesday.

Banksy’s new mural in Port Talbot, Wales, has only been up for five days but is under 24-hour guard and has already been attacked.

The new work is called Season’s Greetings, and it’s the street artist’s first mural in Wales.

According to the BBC, security chased away what one local described as a “drunk halfwit” who tried to tear down the fencing that protects the mural.

Additional security has been drafted in, the BBC reported.

Local resident Gary Owen wrote on a community Facebook page: “Some drunk halfwit has tried to pull the fencing down and the protection glazing at the Banksy artwork tonight, The security guard chased him off and police were called. This art is for Port Talbot, Neath and surrounding areas. We do not want it wrecked.”

The new mural appeared on a garage in the town on Tuesday. When viewed from one side, the artwork appears to show a boy playing in the snow. But move around the corner, and the full image shows the boy covered in ash thrown up by a dumpster fire.

Banksy Seasons Greetings mural Wales
Seen from one angle, Banksy’s latest mural appears to show a boy playing in the snow. Matt Cardy / Stringer / Getty

Banksy’s mural appears to highlight the plague of polluted air and is the artist’s first artwork in Wales. Port Talbot is the site of a major steelworks, which employs around 10% of the town’s population. According to locals, the steelworks generates considerable pollution, affecting their health.

Gary Owen, a 55-year-old former steelworker, revealed that he had written to Banksy via Instagram to ask the artist to create a new mural. The artist never replied but, some months later, the new artwork appeared in Port Talbot.

The BBC reported that the actor Michael Sheen, who grew up near Port Talbot, is helping pay security and legal bills to protect the mural.